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【New Year’s Resolutions: Basic Level Discussion – Examples】

(Contributed by Takashi)
Have you made any New Year’s resolutions this year?
Yes. It’s customary for me to make New Year’s resolutions even before New Year’s Day arrives and break them before the end of January.
Yes, I have. But I am not going to share it with you or anyone for that matter because, first of all, it’s my privacy. Also, I feel my resolution is more likely to falter if I tell it to others. Finally, it’s just a precaution against potential embarrassment in case I fail it/fall short of its completion.
Were you able to succeed at last year’s resolution?
Yes, I succeeded it but only partially. I would say I completed eighty percent of what I originally wanted to do.
Yes, I have accomplished my last year’s resolution, which was (to) go jogging at least once a week.
Now I am debating whether I should make a more ambitious resolutions like whether I jog at least twice a week, renew the same resolution for this year, or replace it with something totally different.
Have you ever made a New Year’s resolution and broken it?
Yes, that is exactly what happens to my New Year’s resolutions every year.
Judging from what I hear, I believe that’s what happens to more or less everyone. So, I don’t particularly feel guilty/bad about it.
I have only a handful of New Year’s resolutions that I have actually brought to fruition.
What is common between them is that they were very realistic in nature and the kind of things I had already been doing as a habit.
In other words, I was only able to achieve things that I was already able to do well.

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